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crunch time. iranian nuclear talks go down to the wire in switzerland. depressed and suicidal. new details emerge about the co-pilot of germanwings flight 9525. and backlash. the u.s. state of indiana under growing fire for a law that critics say discriminates against the gay and lesbian community. >> hello, and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. this is "cnn newsroom."
we begin with disturbing new details about the troubled past of the co-pilot of germanwings flight 9525. >> authorities believe andreas lubitz deliberately flew the plane into the french alps. before he received his pilot's license, he received psychiatric treatment for suicidal tendencies. a german tabslide quoting an investigator who says one of the co-pilot's motives was fear that his medical problems would threaten his career. pamela brown has more. >> reporter: a young andreas lubitz laughing behind the controls of a glider plane. now said to have been suicidal before he ever got his commercial pilot's license. >> had at that time been in treatment of a psychotherapist.
>> reporter: recently, a source tells cnn lubity went to an eye doctor complaining of vision problems. but the doctor found nothing wrong with his eyes, diagnosing him with a psychosomatic disorder. was all in his head. a source says lubitz visited a psychologist complaining of been overburdened and stressed at work. today the german prosecutor said lubitz didn't tell his doctors he was suicidal and showed no signs of aggression. prosecutors say they found torn-up doctors notes deeming him unfit to work in lubitz's crash canaccording one for the day authority say he deliberately crashed the plane. what investigators didn't find -- a suicide note. >> we have not found anything that is giving us any hints that enable us to say anything about his motivation. >> reporter: a german aviation
source tells cnn lubity passed his annual recertification test in the summer. as parts of that exam, cnn has learned he would have had to fill out this questionnaire specifically asking -- are you taking any medication? do you have any psychological, psychiatric, or neurological diseases, and have you ever attempted suicide? lufthanza says it was not aware of any medical issues. pamela brown, cnn, dusseldorf, germany. meanwhile, the remains of 78 of the 150 people on the flight have been identified by dna workers have almost finished building an access path to the crash site. it will let recovery crews and families reach the area using all-terrain vehicles. right now the only way to get there is by helicopter. erin mclachlan is in france near the crash site and joins us live. it's of course been
heartbreaking watching the many family members arrive near the crash site and try to get as close to the final resting place of their loved aunz wind advisory they can. talk to us about how these family visits are being carefully organized. >> reporter: hi. there's been so much sadness here, it's hard to describe the scenes of grief. they've been bringing the families here with police escort driving them up to the memorial site which is just that way. you see it's covered by two police vans to ensure the families have maximum privacy. behind the vans is a small stone that's been dedicated to the victims of flight 9525. the families there have been laying flowers and leaving notes of remembrance. police say some 26 families in the area today of six different nationalities. yesterday, the family of 42-year-old jegichi sato was
here. an active member of a trading business in dusseldorf, germany. he was in barcelona for a business meeting on the monday and caught flight 9525 on the tuesday. he leaves behind his wife and two children. a colleague who was here says that they are absolutely devastated. >> translator: his wife is saying she can't still believe what is happening now. she said, "i feel like my husband is still away for business trip and coming back soon." everybody was in tears as they watched toward the mountains. >> reporter: the residents here also say they've been tremendously affected by all of this, as well. they've opened up their doors to these families. they say they will always be welcome here, that this is their land, too, now. rosemary? >> and of course erin, as we talked about those family members wanting to get as close to their loved ones as they can. so how much progress has been
made in trying to make that path to the crash site? >> reporter: yeah, well, making the road accessible to vehicle has really been a top priority of the recovery teams. we understand this morning that that road to the site which is about one kilometer, just over half a mile long, is expected to be accessible to all-terrain vehicles. that's really important considering the conditions authorities say up at the crash site itself have been very problematic. yesterday, they were only able to fly one chopper. today, authorities say they're not able to fly any choppers because of the conditions at the crash site. it's really important that they be able to access it by vehicle. they say that now that that road is accessible, they'll be able to drive in to the area from the staging place in about a half an hour. meanwhile, they're really working on continuing to try and identify as many human remains as possible. authorities say the human remains of at least 78 victims
have now been identified. the worry is that the crash itself was so devastating that they may never identify remains from all of the victims which is why this road is really important because it will eventually be used by the families who say they want to be as close to their loved ones as possible. rosemary? >> yeah. just horrifying to think what these family members are going through. erin mclachlan reporting live from near the crash site. many thanks to you. at this hour, nuclear negotiations are underway in switzerland. six world powers and iran really racing again time to reach a preliminary deal to curb iran's nuclear program. >> diplomats have given themselves until midnight, that's 6:00 p.m. eastern time, to try to work out an agreement. with three major sticking points remaining, the talks may go beyond that. we have this report.
>> reporter: ads nuclear talks reached the end game, secretary of state john kerry shied away from predicting success. >> you think you'll get a deal by the deadline? >> good question. >> reporter: kerry did tell cnn there was "a little more light in the talks today," but acknowledged they're still what he called tricky issue. world powers are seeking the outlines of a deal they say would stop iran from getting a nuclear weapon for at least 15 years. in exchange, iran would get out from punishing sanctions that have crippled its economy. diplomats say there are key sticking points. iran wants to conducts advanced nuclear research while the deal is still in effect. the international community wants to keep restrictions in place for the entire 15 years. iran wants all u.n. sanctions lifted on day one. world powers want to phase sanctions out as iran complies with the deal and want the flexibility to reimpose sanctions if iran is in
violation. diplomats here say it's yes or no time for tehran. >> if we're going to get this done over the next few hours, iran has to make tough decisions. >> reporter: israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu warned iran's power grab throughout northeast makes the evolving deal worse than his deepest fears. >> as israel and the arab countries see iran progressing with its aggression, talks continue as usual. a deal from everything that we hear paves iran's way to the bomb. >> reporter: as tuesday's deadline looms, negotiator are working around the clock, mindful that congress is promising to slap new sanctions on iran if there is no deal. >> negotiations in the 11th hour become fast and furious, and you see all different kinds of horse trading going on to try and finish these last final steps. >> reporter: secretary kerry tells me negotiators will be working throughout the night and all day tuesday with the view toward getting a deal. he said everybody knows the
meaning of tomorrow. cnn, luzan. diplomats say part of the plan was for iran to send potential bombmaking material to russia. an iranian negotiator said tehran wouldn't do that. meantime, russia's foreign minister left the talks and returned home. we turn now our senior correspondent matthew chance in moscow to talk about this a bit more. we're wondering why did the russian foreign minister laugh rohr leave if we see him shuttling back on tuesday, how encouraging would that be? >> reporter: you're right. it was a little concerning that one of the main negotiators in this long-running process to negotiate a deal over iran's controversial nuclear problem left the discussions at such a crucial phase. sergei laugh rohr has been playing it down. his -- lavrov has been playing it down, saying it was merely a question of his work schedule. we're hearing he could be
returning later today if there's a positive sign. that's what the foreign ministry says, if there are positive developments in switzerland, sergei lavrov will go back in the next hour. the russian foreign minister expected to give a news conference. he's been meeting with the foreign minister of vanuatu, the island state recently hit by that tropical cyclone. and it's during that news conference, as i say, in the next hour that we're expected to hear whether or not he will be heading back to switzerland to finish off these negotiations with the rest of the security council members, germany and of course the iranians. >> we'll be watching that closely. now, there was a suggestion that iran could ship its nuclear material abroad. that enriched uranium, perhaps to russia. something iran isn't interested in. is moscow a willing recipient there, and what exactly is moscow's role here? >> reporter: yeah. i think of course moscow was a willing recipient of the nuclear material that's been created by
iran. iran has spent billions of dollars and a lot of technological efforts trying to enrich its uranium. the big concern in the international community has been that it could use that enriched uranium to create a nuclear device some kind, a nuclear weapon. so to prevent that, one of the strands of negotiation has been, look, take that nuclear material outside of -- outside of iran, make it safe as it were so it cannot be further enriched into weapons-grade material. turn it into nuclear fuel and ship it back into iran to fuel its nuclear power station and the other stations that russia is planning to build in the country. that was always the basis of the deal to get that nuclear material out of iran, into safety and be reprocessed in a country like russia. and you know, if that doesn't happen, i think it's going to be -- there are other options, but it's going to make the negotiations much more complex. perhaps that's why they're running right up to the final
hour in these talks. >> yeah. the talks are complex. the agreement tenuous. we should remind viewers this is just to get to a framework, a prelude to a final deal months from now. certainly appears to be an uphill battle. matthew chance, live out of moscow this morning. thanks. saudi arabia launch another round of air strikes in yemen leaving dozens dead at a refugee camp. the conflict is only intensifying. and a fast-growing controversy in the u.s. state of indiana. the governor stands firm against protesters who claim a new law discriminates.
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port city. this coalition battle could soon move to the ground. and our becky anderson joins us now from abu dhabi with more. becky, of course the big question here that everyone's asking is, how imminent is a ground invasion in yemen? >> reporter: well, i spoke to the yemeni foreign minister over the weekend, the arab summit in egypt. he said it could be within days. and i quote him on that. i mean, things clearly moving very quickly on the ground, as a result of what is going on from the air as this saudi-elderly coalition attempt to degrade these houthi rebels on the ground. to the report you have been alluding to so far as a refugee camp was concerned. yesterday the defense ministry holding a press conference in saudi and saying that houthi rebels are plant iing militia i
amongst refugees and other residential areas. as you rightly pointed out, reports being described by the saudis as collateral damage in the same press conference. the brigadier general alluded to the fact that there have been fires or fire through residential areas. the saudi-led coalition in the air. to that end, we are hearing reports today according to the houthi-rain health ministry that four air strikes targeted four areas in the district of the ib province. and this ministry, let's remember there are really no government run as it were legitimately government run organizations down this. we have to be careful whether reporting statistics from any organizations on the ground at this point.
we're doing our best to stand up this information. according to this houthi-run health ministry, there were deaths and injuries in this residential area. let's remember the timing and context from all this. the saudiies getting this arab-led military force signed off on by the arab league at the meeting over the weekend. this is ostensibly a military force run by sunni arab countries going forward for the likes of if a libyan nation would go, that the arab nations could go in with themselves without western help. i think also at this point you've got that context for what is happening now. clearly things happening quickly. you've also got iranian talks that you've been discussing with
our correspondent in moscow. and the deadline set. remember, the regional rivals are iran, and say there is a weeder con folks what is going on in yemen at present. on the ground it seemed death and injuries continue. >> our becky anderson reporting live from abu dhabi, hearing that a ground invasion is imminent within days perhaps. many thanks. one state's law on religious freedom is the forecasts of a national controversy. a closer look at the impact it's having and the passionate arguments being made on both sides next.
one man is dead and another wounded after they tried to ram a vehicle through a gate at the u.s. national security agency headquarters in maryland. the nsa says officers opened fire when the men dressed as women sped toward em. one police officer was also wounded. >> investigators say the vehicle was stolen from a hotel. here you see one of the wigs worn by one of the men. cocaine was found, so of course officials are looking under whether the men were under the influence at the time. controversy or indiana's religious freedom law is setting the capital city against the
state government. [ cheers and applause ] >> crowds here cheering when the indianapolis city council passed a resolution opposing the religious freedom restoration act. the resolution says the new law is not a true representation of the city as a welcoming and inclusive place. >> the governor signed the law last week, and the backlash has exploded since then. republican lawmakers in indiana say they will work to clarify the state's new religious freedom law. >> miguel marquez reports the opposition, though, isn't backing down. [ chanting ] no hate in our state! >> reporter: protests and anger across indiana. gays and lesbians and their supporters rallying in opposition to s.b. 101, the so-called religious freedom restoration act. >> i have two kids that could possibly not be served because somebody doesn't believe in me being married to another woman. >> reporter: the law could be used by businesses to turn gays
and transgender customers away if a business feels their religious freedom is being violated. it came about after indiana was allowed to perform same-sex marriages last year. this say businesses will no thinker be forced to support gay marriage. >> we just made gay marriage legal in october. it's like one step forward, 1,000 steps back. >> reporter: indianapolis's governor who signed the bill in private dodged time and again this week whether the bill could prompt discrimination. >> yes or no? if a florist in indiana refuses to serve a gay couple at their wedding is, that legal now in indiana? >> george, this is where this debate has gone -- with misinformation and frankly -- >> a question, sir. yes or no? >> well, there's been shameless rhetoric about my state -- >> reporter: the governor said the bill would stand, no changes. members of his own party today in the state legislature weren't so sure. >> clearly there's unsettled
water now. and that could have far-ranging impact. we determined we needed to step in and be sure those waters are calmed. if that requires a legislative clarification, that's what we're working on. >> reporter: 20 states currently have religious freedom laws on the books. some of those states also specifically protect rights based on sexual orientation. opponents say the problem with indiana's law -- it's broad. any person or business could seek protection based on religious beliefs, free of government involvement. utah has a similar constitutional amendment just introduced in the state house that would take effect in 2017. there are protests in arkansas, where the governor has a bill similar to indiana's on his desk. [ applause ] >> reporter: the first religious freedom act became federal law under democrat bill clinton in 1993. it had bipartisan support and aimed to protect individuals' religious rights against government intrusion. in 1997, the state started passing their own religious freedom laws after the supreme
court ruled the federal law didn't apply to them. more recent controversy over gay marriage has pushed some states to adopt increasingly broad religious freedom protections. indiana's law has put the state in the line of fire. comedians are taking aim. >> you'll be able to tell which stores are supporting the new law because they'll have these helpful little signs -- >> reporter: miguel marquez, cnn, indianapolis, indiana. >> now, asum of -- as this unfolds, governor pence insist critics of this are wrong. in an op-ed column for the "wall street journal" he says he abhors discrimination adding, "despite what critics and many in the national media have asserted, the law is not a license to discriminate." >> that is not good enough for the "indianapolis star." the biggest newspaper in indiana has devotesed its entire front page of today's paper to the
controversy. and as you see there, it says in big, bold letters, "fix this now." the accompanying op-ed says only bold action can reverse the damage the religious freedom law has caused the state's reputation. another story we're following, a firefighter in california has burns on more than half of his body after he fell through a roof into the flames he was trying to fight. >> this is horrifying. it was caught on cell phone cameras as people screamed in horror watching him disappear. fellow firefighters rescued captain pete durn from the flames. >> one example of the dangers firefighters face every day. durn is a 25-year veteran of the fire department. was trying to vent the roof to release gas and smoke when he fell. coming up, pilots in europe risk losing their licenses and livelihoods if nay come forward with mental illness. coming up, one psychologist's
map. welcome back to those of you watching in the u.s. and around the world. this is "cnn newsroom." your last half-hour of the day with you. i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. it is time to check your headlines this hour. and it is deadline day in switzerland. six world powers and iran are trying to reach a deal to curb
they land's -- tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. diplomats have given themselves until midnight to work out a preliminary agreement, but they say three major sticking points remain. yemen's government says a saudi air strike hit a refugee camp near the border killing at least 40 people. another 250 were injured. it was the fifth day of an arab coalition campaign against houthi rebels to keep them from taking control of more cities in the country. the co-pilot of germanwings flight 9525 had suicidal tendencies in the years before he became a pilot. now the german tabloids quote an investigator who says one of andreas lubitz' motives was fear that his medical problems would threaten his career. that's actually common. civil aviation pilots in europe do risk having their licenses revoked if they come forward with psychological problems.
>> for people who make their living flying planes, it creates a serious dlaem. will ripley spoke with an aviation psychologist who is trying to change the rules. >> reporter: most who knew him never knew the truth. germanwings' co-pilot andreas lubitz spent years hiding his mental illness until it was too late. >> 150 people died. >> reporter: dr. gerard franenbruch is a psychologist that helps pilots, flight crew, and their families. pilots struggling with mental illness can call the foundation anonymously. he cannot disclose whether lubitz sought help but is not surprised the 27-year-old was hiding his condition as officials suggested. >> pilots tend to hide these problems because they lose their job. >> reporter: in both the u.s. and europe, there are certain
mental health conditions where a pilot would automatically be disqualified from flying. the doctor says in europe licenses are revoked immediately by civil aviation authorities. he says most pilots that he's worked with never fly again. >> not only have the problems that -- they have the mental illness, but they fear that they'll lose their job. a huge, huge difference. >> reporter: that creates incentive for pilots to keep this hidden. >> yes. >> reporter: he worries that other pilots like lubitz may be keeping psychological problems a secret, potentially putting lives at risk. should we question the trust we put in pilots? >> no. it's a very special case. >> reporter: he says lessons must be learned from what happened in the french alps. for the 150 people who died. for everyone else left behind. >> we are not able to turn the clock backwards so we can't make that unhappen. happened. what we can do is take care of the people who are there now and make sure they don't suffer from what happens. >> reporter: he hopes the crash
will change a system that he says is dangerously flawed. a system that encourages pilots to pretend everything's okay. afraid of losing everything if they tell the truth. will ripley, cnn, frankfurt, germany. the past few days we've heard about the co-pilot of flight 9525, andreas lubitz. we know much less about the captain. the man who is desperately trying -- who was desperately trying to get back into the cockpit. >> he decided to fly for germanwings to be closer to his family. and you can read more about him on our website at cnn.com. we want to return now the iranian talks. israel's prime minister says iran wants nothing less than to take over the middle east. the israeli air force is getting prepared to take out targets anywhere in the region. an advance flight simulator
gives pilots a realistic way to do just that. we have details. >> reporter: 400 miles an hour, the terrain of northern israel screaming past 500 feet below. it's hard to believe this isn't the real thing. and that's exactly the point. this is the israel air force's most advanced f-16 fighter jet simulator. >> we are doing the best to survive the mission and succeed in the mission, of course. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel harell is our pilot on this exercise. the israel air force asked us not to use his full name for security reasons. >> if you want to see a missile and take a maneuver to take him off, you can do it in a sim or common situation. >> reporter: now we're in northern islam, known as the sea of galilee, in front of us. you see it in incredible detail. if you look left, if you look essentially north, you see the highest mountain in israel. that's getting toward the golan heights. the northern border of israel, the border with syria and lebanon. we hear a lot of the threats
surrounding israel. do you practice attacking iran? do you practice attacking isis? >> we are practicing on the main go goal. what we want to practice and pilot, we want them to know how to deal with. and we prefer to do it in the simulator for the first time, not in the real combat arena. >> reporter: as pilots hone their skills in the air, benjamin netanyahu has stressed all options are on the table when it comes to a nuclear iran. >> this is why -- this is why as prime minister of israel i can promise one more thing. even if israel has to stand alone, israel will stand. >> reporter: an attack on a nuclear facility in iran would not be without precedent. in 1981, a formation of eight heavily fueled israeli f-16s flew nearly 1,000 miles roundtrip to iraq to attack the nuclear reactor. >> i'll ask one more time. do you practice a strike on
ira iran? >> we practice what we need to be practicing, and we practice different scenarios, different situations, so our product will be the best. and to we'll do what they need to deal with. >> reporter: after maneuvers and formation flying, the lieutenant colonel invited me to fly the simulator. the realism is almost hard to believe. it's what helps train so rigorously for missions. the terrain, what i'm seeing around subcommittee up-to-date ngsz. not only within israel's borders but outside, as well. as netanyahu continues his political show of force on the ground, in the skies above, the israel air force puts on its own display for an option political leaders say they hope they never use but one they say they cannot yet rule out. >> for the latest on israel and the fast approaching iran deadline, we are joined by orrin
lieberman live in jerusalem. and as we heard there, the israeli prime minister netanyahu talking about we will stand alone talking about israel being alone. what else is israel trying to do, and who else might israel be trying to lobby to bring in on side against iran and any deal made with that country? >> reporter: we've seen prime minister benjamin netanyahu pushing very hard in the political angle, if the story we just saw is the military angle. benjamin netanyahu has been stressing not only how dangerous the deal is to israel but also to what he calls the other moderate countries of the middle east and has been pointing out over the last few days we expect to hear more today. he says what's happening in yemen is a sign of aggression. he's reaching out to republicans who are here to support netanyahu. we've seen senator mcconnell here the last few days. senator mcconnell met with prime minister netanyahu, and he said if there is a deal, mcconnell would push for a nuclear deal.
he said if there isn't a deal, he agrees with netanyahu that the rate move your tougher sanctions. over the next few days, we'll see house speaker john boehner here also. we've seen a strong tie between benjamin netanyahu and house speaker boehner. that will continue. we've learned that house speaker boehner will meet with the defense minister tomorrow. that will be private. we've learned the two will meet. a significant deal talking with all the possibilities here. again, prime minister benjamin netanyahu on a significant day here. the knesset swearing-in ceremony. of course, what's happening in switzerland with this nuclear deal dwarfs that in terms of importance to prime minister netanyahu. so we expect to hear from him later today stressing what he stressed over the last few days. he will again say or we expect him again to say how dangerous the deal would be to the security of israel. rosemary? >> and that deadline for an agreement with iran on a nuclear deal is getting closer, of course. we will rach and wait and see whether they indeed succeed in
their aims. many thanks to orrin lieberman live from jerusalem. let's get to switzerland now where the nuclear negotiations are underway. the major sticking point that's remain unresolved deal with iran's nuclear research and how quickly sanctions would be lifted. for more on the talks, let's bring in the president of the national iranian american council and expert on u.s.-iranian relations. he's on the phone with us. i'm wondering if the nature of these complex talks, you know, everything seems impossible until the last minute when details become public. do you get the sense that despite some of the public comments of caution from negotiators these talks will end with a framework? >> i think there's a decent chance that they will end with some form of agreement or understanding. whether it will be a full framework or something short of that remain to be seen. it's similar to the way it was in november, 2013, when the interim agreement was first
reached. looked almost impossible until the last moment, then suddenly it happened. >> now, we just talked to our correspondent in israel. i'm wondering if you think that prime minister netanyahu's defiant speech in the u.s. plus the expectation that republican lawmakers in congress want more sanctions actually helps the obama administration in a way, showing that iran, the alternatives to these talk are more sanctions. >> quite the contrary. what the republicans have done and what prime minister netanyahu has done has significantly weakened the obama administration's negotiation position and bargaining position. just consider the following -- the march 31st deadline is not a real deadline. it's an american deadline. the jim drin deal continues and hold until june 30th. the iranians can walk away without facing any particular consequences because the interim deal is still valid for another three months.
it's the american side that is under a tremendous amount of time pressure because of actions that congress would take in april by the republicans if they don't have a political framework. and if the republicans take action in april and impose new sin sanctions, it will be the united states in violation of the nuclear agreement. that will isolate the americans and essentially let iranians off the hook of that's why the obama administration is so upset with what prime minister netanyahu is doing because it's undermining his position to negotiate a better deal. >> and we will wait and see if this framework comes together. president of the national iranian-american council, thanks for your time today. nigeria's election could be decided within hours. coming up, who is in the lead and why are there fears of post-election violence? we're there live. plus, just who is the man about to fill jon stewart's shoes? everything you want to know about trevor noah next. [ male announcer ] you wouldn't leave your car unprotected.
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it's still confident that he will win. let's get to the story on the election and christian with us live. there were hundreds of days in 2011 when those supporting the losing candidate refused to accept the outcome. how close are we expecting this vote to be? >> reporter: well, right now it's extremely close. as you said, we've had 19 states out of 36 who have officially announced the results so far. and so far, bahari, the main challenger, is ahead by two million votes. the main incumbent party, the pdp, say they are unperturbed and still have their strongholds to be released. but you know, the spread of voters in the country, it will be a difficult task for the pdp to actually win this election. but it certainly isn't over yet. as you said, this is a -- the worry here is the fear of violence spreading out across
the country. it's never been whether nigeria can hold an election but whether it can hold a fair election. it's a test of democracy. in 2011, as you said, the opposition lost. supporters went out in the streets and over 800 people were killed. the results will be reconvened in an hour, 10:00 a.m. local time. it will probably take some time for the results to be announced. maybe later on into the night again. >> and we are watching this closely. we will, of course, report the results as we get them. this was a massive undertaking. approximately 55 million people casting their ballots. technology helping but hurting in ways with so many glitches. because it's a close election, there are fears of what might happen next. generally, are nigerianians optimistic about the election outcome? >> reporter: expectations on both sides are extremely high. again, because it's such a close
election and, again, that makes for hope on the one side of can nigeria pull off this close election and be a test case, an example if you like, for the rest of africa. nigeria's often seen as what happens in nigeria influences the rest of the continent. the worry is, again, that if something goes wrong before these elections or after these results are announced, that there will be violence whether on the pdp side or the apc side. errol? >> all right. reporting live as we await results from the close election. thank you very much. we're going to move to the weather now. and there is a massive storm out in the pacific. talk to us about who is in line for that because it just -- it doesn't look good at all. >> several small, sparsely populated islands initially, and then the philippines later in the week. what's impressive about the storm is this time of year, we're not supposed to have typhoons. typically may and june you get your first typhoon. this is the third so far.
a busy start this year. take a look at the storm system. you put this in the united states and put it over the entire state of texas. it would encompass the entire state of texas. even parts of new mexico and then louisiana on the opposite side of texas, as well. but storm impacting portions of the island. population here about 10,000 people. certainly going to see powerful winds. it is category 4 equivalent. the concern is farther downstream. this could become a supertyphoon meaning winds could get into a strong category 4 equivalent. again, the first time we've had three typhoons in the first three months of the year when you historically see them come in effect in may and june. the concern is toward thursday, eventually friday, portions of luzan, the eastern areas of the philippines going to be in line with a potential direct hit with the storm system. it looks at this point that it will weaken as we approach the later portion of the week. certainly worth noting that something we'll follow all week. looks like a weird vegetable --
undulatus asperatus, a new cloud that was spotted. wavy, rolly clouds. the cloud appreciation society -- there is a group -- and the world -- >> sounds like a fun bunch of people. right? >> they're trying to put this in the books. since 1951, we have not had a new cloud in the books. this could be one. >> who says you shouldn't have your head in the clouds? nice. >> pedram javaheri does. many thanks. >> thank you very much. a bold move for comedy central. a relative unknown is chosen to take over the wildly popular "daily show." key question is who is this man, trevor noah?
there's an adorable new attraction at the san diego zoo in california. this two-week-old jaguar cub made its debut over the weekend. the third cub for the mother. and zookeepers say both are doing very well, thank you very much. >> the sex of the cub hasn't yet been determined. for now the baby jag will start getting used to his new sounds, smells, and the public, unfortunately. jaguars remain on the endangered species list. >> nice pictures there. since jon stewart announced he was leaving his hit show on
comedy central, many have wondered who will replace him. >> that's right. now that comedian trevor noah has been namedali as his succes, many are wondering who is that, right? i knew who the guy was. i watched him in south africa. noah is a star in the country but relatively unknown elsewhere. jeanne moos has more. ♪ r >> reporter: he went from rookie contributor to host of "the daily show." >> can i like ask you a question? >> reporter: a question being asked is -- who? trevor noah -- or is it noah trevor? no, trevor noah. he's a 31-year-old comedian from south africa. and he's graced the covers of g.q." and "rolling stone" and jokes about his mixed race. his mom is a black south african, his dad is a white swiss german. >> you know how the swiss love chocolate. >> reporter: mixed unions weren't allowed under the old apartheid policy.
>> they had me which was illegal so i was born a crime. >> reporter: to audiences abroad, he's joke good americans. >> they don't know much about america as a whole. most of them don't know much about anything. >> reporter: when he it three segments on "the daily show" recently, the laughter was underwhelming. reaction to news that he was named host ranged from "trevor noah is kind of smoking hot" to "excellent dimples, " to "they couldn't find an american for the job? that's pretty sad." one thing he will have no trouble with -- accents. from american -- >> have you been in touch with ebola? >> reporter: to middle eastern to what he called crazy guy -- >> ask me why. >> reporter: even what he described as black hitler. and an oeprah-esque imitation pegged to her school -- >> everybody's getting a
beating! >> reporter: eventually he'll be beating up on the media when say a weatherman finds a hanger he left in his suit. at least trevor noah's new empty suit. jeanne moos, cnn -- >> guy looks at me like, so, you're a comedian? you don't look funny. >> reporter: -- new york. >> i not he's going to be good. -- i think he's good to be a good. whether he plays well in america -- >> that's the story. huge in south africa. we'll see how he does. >> thanks for your company. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. "early start" is next for those of you in the states. for everyone else, "cnn newsroom." have a great day.
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